The Colorado Buffaloes (19-9, 9-7 Pac-12) went on a very impressive run last season by winning the Pac-12 tournament. If the Buffaloes did not pull that off, there is no way that they would have made the NCAA tournament. Luckily for this season, Colorado will not need another run like that and should already be in the big dance.
On the year, CU has beaten Baylor, Murray State and Colorado State. Those victories were just in the non-conference schedule. However, in the Pac-12, Colorado has beaten California, Oregon and Arizona. These three wins have helped the Buffaloes compile a conference record of 9-7, which ranks them at fifth in the conference standings.
That should be good enough to go dancing, but a wins against Oregon and Oregon State to close out the regular season would definitely make this team a lock to go dancing for the second straight year. Not to mention, those wins would help Colorado sweep both Oregon schools on the season.
A good outing in the Pac-12 tournament would do wonders for this team though.
However, the Buffaloes clearly have plenty of good wins on the year and are currently No. 28 in the RPI and No. 38 in the BPI. Sounds like a solid tournament team to me, but nothing is certain until the tournament field is actually announced on Selection Sunday. Colorado seemed like a for sure team to dance in 2010, but was left out of the tourney and was arguably the biggest snub that year.